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Novell Exec Says Linux Growing

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Novell Inc.'s $290 million in revenue in its most recent quarter fell short of expectations. David Patrick, vice president and general manager of Novell's Linux, open-source platforms and services group, spoke with Computerworld about the company's prospects as it tries to shift its customer base from NetWare to the open-source Linux operating system.

Software licensing revenue was down in the third quarter. What happened? More and more of our business is moving to subscription. [SUSE Linux Enterprise Server], Linux -- most of these products are subscription-based, so the model for us is less license, more subscription.

Have you seen much traction with Linux on the desktop? It's now bigger than Macintosh. And it is growing. We see Linux on the desktop as the longer road. The shorter-term opportunities are in Web infrastructure, IT infrastructure, Web servers, database servers, database hosting and these types of things.

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In related news: Novell: Vista will drive users to Linux.

In other related news: Novell Making Gains in Europe on the Desktop.

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